Hitch concludes the Timeless storyline in the latest issue, and for once seems to get it all right. In some of his earlier stories the writer had tried to blend the life and concerns of ordinary people with the League’s adventures, but it hadn’t really worked for me. This time, the balance feels correct.
While the previous issue introduced us to the time loop through the Flash’s experience of it, which lead to him informing the League, and trying to stop it from coming about, this issue lets the reader see what really set off the temporal distortion.
That really helped. We got some good action, the threat of the death of Jessica Cruz, and a theorized solution to the problem that seemed to actually be the cause of it. Good, solid pieces to the mystery.
In this issue, we see who the villain, the root of all the problems, really is. And it works well, and pays off strongly.
The story also makes the most of having Jessica Cruz be the Leaguer in danger of being killed in the future. More than anyone else on the team, she is the one who will be most emotionally distraught about this scenario.
I am a bit puzzled about the use of the Starheart in this story. It sure doesn’t seem at all connected to the Starheart that powered the original Green Lantern’s ring. Perhaps it is just meant to be a coincidence, but with the return of the Justice Society in the air, one expects such a thing to be connected.
As has become the pattern, the story ends with the Leaguers receiving a warning about something big and reality shattering that is about to come. Even the team members themselves point out that they have heard this before, quite a few times. That threat has lost its potency, simply by being stated too many times over the past year.
But still, this two parter is easily my favourite storyline in this book so far.